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4:43 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

UMWA Brings Protest To Arch Coal

Credit (via Arch Coal)

A fight over retiree health benefits landed in front of Arch Coal’s Creve Coeur headquarters Tuesday morning.


The United Mine Workers of America union argues Arch and Peabody Energy both bear responsibility for 10,000 miners’ health benefits jeopardized in another company’s bankruptcy.


St. Louis-based Patriot Coal was spun off from Peabody in 2007 and then bought a former Arch subsidiary in 2008.


The UMWA has filed suit against both Peabody and Arch in West Virginia claiming they purposely shed liabilities such as retirees’ health benefits.

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Peabody and Patriot Coal Protests
2:03 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Union Miners Protest Peabody In St. Louis Again, This Time, With Crosses

1000 Crosses were planted by protesters on a hill in Kiener Plaza. The crosses signified the deaths of former miners, as well as the potential loss of healthcare for retired miners.
Sean Sandefur/ St. Louis Public Radio

Hundreds of retired and current union miners from across the country descended on St. Louis on Tuesday to protest Peabody Energy and the potential loss of their pension plans.

Most of the miners worked for either Peabody Energy or Arch Coal, but their benefits are threatened by the bankruptcy of Patriot Coal last year. Patriot was spun off from Peabody in 2007, along with the healthcare obligations of many Peabody and Arch Coal employees.

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Peabody Coal
10:21 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Thousands Protest Patriot Coal In West Virginia

Miners from across the country marching down Market St. in downtown St. Louis on January 29, 2013. They were protesting a Peabody Energy/Patriot Coal plan to cut pension and health care programs following Patriot's bankruptcy.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Police are warning motorists of traffic congestion and diversions Monday as the United Mine Workers of America protests Patriot Coal's bankruptcy reorganization plan in West Virginia.

Some 5,000 participants are expected to begin arriving at the Civic Center in Charleston around 9 a.m. The UMWA says people from southern West Virginia will drive in, and 50 buses are carrying people from seven states.

Participants will rally at 11:30 a.m. at Laidley Tower, where Patriot's West Virginia offices are located.

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